If you think your life is complicated, imagine the life of ordinary, unassuming – and two-timing – taxi driver John Smith who has two wives in two nearby towns and must keep them from ever discovering each other. That’s the plot of Run For Your Wife, Second Street Players’ fast paced comedy that opens at Riverfront Theatre in downtown Milford on Friday, July 13.
When cabbie John Smith, played by Denis Stanton from Dover, is injured intervening in a mugging, his multi-matrimonial life of lies is turned upside down. With the help of neighbor Stanley, played by Jerry Cox of Felton, John heaps lies upon lies to cover up his secret. The result is a mixture of slapstick and mistaken identities reminiscent of Monty Python and Benny Hill.
Stanton, playing the lead male role as John Smith, is making his debut performance with the Second Street Players this year. Previously, he was involved with the Kent County Theatre Guild and was a professional actor in New York before moving to Delaware.
“The director and actors are what makes this play so much fun,” commented Mr. Stanton. “It is a great play and we bring out the insanity of it on stage.”
John’s two wives, Mary and Barbara, are played by Kristen Boehmer of Felton and Maria Fry of Milford. Detective Troughton and Detective Porterhouse, the two police detectives investigating the marital mix-up, are played by Robbie Butler (Harrington) and Peter Appel (Dover). Steven Haber (Rehoboth Beach) as Bobby Franklin, the upstairs decorator, and Cordel Batsun (Milton) as the reporter round out the cast.
While Maria Fry, playing John’s wife Barbara, has worked with the Second Street Players for over 20 years, her co-star Kristen, playing John’s wife Mary, will be making her first appearance on the Riverfront Theatre stage. Both women have be avid performers for over two decades.
“There is an element of surprise in the second act that no one will think is coming,” commented Ms. Fry. “I cannot wait to see the audience’s reaction.”
Run for Your Wife is directed by Tommye Staley of Lincoln. She is a veteran director of community theatre comedies and considers Run For Your Wife to be a classic. “This is definitely a ‘tickle your funny bone’ show,” she says. “They don’t get any funnier or better than this. There are laughs and surprises around every corner.”
Written by Ray Cooney, who is recognized as the “master of farce,” Run for Your Wife is perhaps his funniest play and certainly his most popular. There have been more than 500 productions of Run For Your Wife all over the world and the script has been translated into 35 languages.
Run For Your Wife will be at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street, Milford, for two weekends only. Performances are Friday and Saturday, July 13, 14, 20 and 21 with curtain at 8 pm and matinees on Sunday, July 15 and 22 with curtain at 3 pm. Ticket prices are $17 with a one dollar discount for seniors, students, and military at the Sunday matinees. To reserve your tickets, call 302-422-0220 or visit the theatre’s website at secondstreetplayers.com. Tickets are on sale now and are also available at the door.